Welcome to the launch of the Bain and Gray blog! Listed below are a combination of our “London’s Right Hand Woman” interviews, whereby we have spoken to some of London’s busiest professionals to get a deeper insight into the life of working at a senior level. Our more frequent blog posts will also be listed here, providing you with invaluable tips, articles, current news, recipes, and thought-provoking topics that aim to enrich your busy lifestyle.
We're all familiar with social media; its uses for catching up with people and sharing the minutiae of our lives. Almost all of us are aware to keep our personal accounts as clean and private as possible so as to avoid potential employers having negative impressions, but could you be using it to your advantage even better?
When I left school I went straight to uni while all my friends went off travelling and oddly enough, I did not feel any sort of envy towards their freedom. I felt even less envious once I was in the midst of my first year, having so much fun that the notion of taking a gap year barely even crossed my mind. It was in my fourth year of a very demanding degree when an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia set in and I decided that I wasn't quite ready to go straight into the working world.
For our March Monthly Pledge Promise we are supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition affecting more than 10,800 people in the UK. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust helps those diagnosed with CF and their families by funding cutting-edge research and driving up standards of care. At Bain and Gray we love to support charities recommended to us by our clients, candidates and families and this month we were recommended The Cystic Fibrosis Trust by Kerry.
Kerry’s daughter suffers from cystic fibrosis and she has kindly written about her experience:
If your interview is fast approaching, it is important to stay focussed and make sure you feel informed and prepared for the big day ahead! Bain and Gray have put together a few helpful tips which will help ease the pre-interview nerves and present you in the best possible light:
It’s been a very busy week in the Bain and Gray office, and at the end of a hectic week there’s nothing more exciting than the promise of the weekend. Today the Friday feeling is amplified because today is also none other than St Patrick’s Day! St Patrick’s Day is always an incredibly fun affair, you get people dressed shades of green you didn’t even know existed, and abundance of leprechaun cartoons appearing everywhere, pints of beer and Irish singalongs and of course, enough four leaf clovers to heighten your chances of winning the lottery for a year!
This week brought with it the first of March – and you know what that means, Spring is here! Spring brings with it lots of lovely things, like longer days and evenings, daffodils everywhere, Easter holidays, gorgeous weather for exploring London and of course – ditching the winter coat! This week in the Bain and Gray office, our lovely Olivia had her first spring purchase arrive (a gorgeous beach bag!), much to the excitement of all of the team which got us thinking about Spring Essentials! So without further ado– here are some of our must haves for this new sunny season!
Charity Day at The House of St Barnabas by Olivia James.
This week Emily and I participated in a workshop at The House of St Barnabas, which is a charity that helps people affected by homelessness and social exclusion get back into work.
Based close to our offices in the heart of Soho, The House of St Barnabas is a not for profit private members club, which also runs a 12-week Employment Programme.
For our February Monthly Pledge Promise we are supporting a very deserving charity, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK.
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a rare, genetically inherited condition affecting muscular development. SMA is often grouped into ‘Types’ based on the age at which symptoms first appear and what physical ‘milestones’ a baby or child is likely to achieve, such as sitting, standing or walking. At any one time it is thought that there are between 2,000 – 2,500 children and adults in the UK living with SMA.